Say the word Wedgwood and blue vases and bowls with white relief mythological figures immediately come to mind. These are called Jasperware to be precise and quite possibly the pinnacle of pottery making.
In a new book entitled Wedgwood: A Story of Innovation and Creation, the finest examples of Jasperware dating back to the 18th century are on display alongside the house’s other exemplary collections: Black Basalt and Queen’s Ware. The book is a treasure trove for serious collectors as it showcases never before seen drawings and sketches by the house’s founder Josiah Wedgwood. It presents the house’s history through archival notes and design studies dating back centuries. It also highlights some of Wedgwood’s most famous and highly sought after designs, like the White House dinner service for Theodore Roosevelt, dating back to 1902, and the delicate scent bottles that were all the rage during King George III and Queen Charlotte’s reign.
For the newbie who, say, only recently happened to fall in love with a small Jasperware box at a flea market, the book may just ignite what could become a lifelong pursuit for all things Wedgwood.
In the book’s introduction, the design writer, Alice Rawsthorn, cites a letter penned by Jane Austen telling her sister how excited she was at the arrival of their Wedgwood breakfast service. “On Monday I had the pleasure of receiving, unpacking and approving of our Wedgwood ware,” wrote the Sense and Sensibility author.
Founded in 1759, Wedgwood endures to this day and remains at the forefront of design partnering with the likes of Vera Wang and Jasper Conran to produce collections that are bound to be collectibles and may just merit a book of their own, centuries from now.
What To Pair With Your Wedgwood
Because of the enduring styles of Wedgwood, they lend themselves to many different pairings. Consider the upcoming new introductions from Kim Seybert, the Arabesque Runner and Tapestry Placemat, as perfect compliments to your service.
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All photos courtesy of Wedgwood and Rizzoli.